Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump Deliver Remarks at the Al Smith Dinner CSPAN October 20, 2016 9:52pm-10:45pm EDT
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>> ladies and gentlemen, your kind attention. please welcome back to the .odium >> i am back. i want to thank you for making this dinner possible, great job. he has been your 37 years and he keeps the trains on time. thank you. before we go on, i would like to recognize several things area governor cuomo is here tonight. [applause]
can someone tell him who his opponent is? we have the senator here. [applause] it must be nice to see two new yorkers vying for the highest office in the land. it just goes to show you that if you were born into immense wealth or your uncle was president -- husband was president, you can accomplish anything. [applause] >> rudy giuliani is here. mr. mayor, do not worry. we aimed at the light just right to make sure you will be in donald trump's shadow all night.
governor christie was supposed to be here but he got stuck in bridge traffic. [laughter] nice to be with my friend, the cardinal. [applause] >> in this difficult time for our nation we should think about questions of faith. , hownal dolan asks us all can one fully underside -- understand the spirit? what does a salvation really mean? and, are you going to finish that? [laughter] >> i mean this sincerely. everyone in attendance is doing their part to support our
efforts. it cannot be done without you or without the amazing support of the many devoted catholics in our state. catholics like henry kissinger. more zuckerman. zuckerman. [applause] >> before we turn this over to our speakers i want to address the elephant in the room. i was talking to cardinal dolan -- no, that was not the plan. .ear with me i wish i had thought of that, but that does happen to fall in there. earlier about the wikileaks e-mails that says certain members of the clinton campaign wanted to incite a revolution in the catholic church. i was pretty concerned. we had a very constructive conversation with the clinton
campaign and cardinal dolan said , if they have not destroy the church in the last 2000 years, then they don't stand a chance. of course, the donald got into a public conversation with the pope. it should be easy to mend that relationship. and popehe donald francis have so much in common. they lead lives of humility. all is forgiven. it is now my privilege to introduce this evening's speakers. we determined to tonight's order backstage. i'm happy to report that no matter how the coin toss ended,
our next speaker will say it was rigged. [laughter] [applause] >> i was thinking of course about the republican nominee, donald j. trump. [applause] >> there are actually some rumors going around that he was not going to show up tonight. you could say he wanted to keep us in suspense. we considered having a donald butp cut out on the dais, if we wanted someone still and lifeless we get asked charlie rose to speak again.
it is historic the donald is here tonight. , the catholictime church is not the largest tax-exempt landowner here tonight. [applause] >> we are honored to have donald and melania here tonight. donald, they kid from queens --h a big heart and a big the microphone is yours, and it is working. [applause]
mr. trump: thank you, that was good. of a dinner.l i want to thank your eminence. and governor cuomo. hi, chuck. he used to love me when i was a democrat. [laughter] mr. trump: mayor deblasio. in the old days i would have known and well. you for theo thank fund-raising. and a special hello to all of
you in this room who have known and loved me for many, many years. the politicians have introduced i haveheir children become their best friends in many instances. they asked for my endorsement and always wanted my money. a dear, deared me friend. then suddenly, decided when i that i hadsident always been a no good, rotten, disgusting scandal. and they totally forgot about me. you always start out with a
self-deprecating joke. some think that would be tough for me. -- the truth is [applause] truth is, i am actually a very modest person. mefact, many people tell that modesty is perhaps my best quality. even better than my temperament. cardinal dolan and i have some things in common, we both run impressive properties on fifth avenue. his is much more impressive than mine. that is because i build mine with my own, beautifully formed hands. [laughter] [applause] mr. trump: while his was built with the hands of god, and nobody can compete with god, is
that correct? nobody, right? [applause] mr. trump: that's right. no contest. it's great to be here with a thousand wonderful people, or as i call it, a small, intimate dinner with some friends. or as hillary calls it, her largest crowd of the season. [laughter] [applause] mr. trump: this is corny stuff. [laughter] mr. trump: i do recognize that i come into this event with a little bit of an advantage. i know that so many of you in the archdiocese already have a place in your heart. for a guy who started out as a carpenter working for his father. i was a carpenter working for my father. [laughter] [applause]
mr. trump: it's true. not for a long period of time, but about three weeks. [laughter] what's great about the al smith dinner is that even in the rough and tumble world of a really hard-fought campaign -- in fact, i don't know if you know, hillary, but last night they said that was the most vicious debate in the history of politics, presidential debate. the most vicious. are we supposed to be proud of that? but they did say that, and i am trying to think back to lincoln. i don't know if they can really speak to that. but the candidates have some lighthearted moments together, which is true. i have no doubt that hillary is going to laugh quite a bit tonight. sometimes even at an appropriate moment.
[laughter] [applause] mr. trump: and even tonight, [laughter] with all of the heated back-and-forth between my opponent and me at the debate last night, we have proven that we can actually be civil to each other. in fact, just before taking the dais, hillary accidentally bumped into me, and she very civilly said, "pardon me." [laughter] [applause] very politely i replied, "let me talk to you about that after i get into office." [laughter]
mr. trump: just kidding, just kidding. and hillary was very gracious. she said that somehow if she gets elected, she wants me to be, without question, either her ambassador to iraq or to afghanistan. [laughter] mr. trump: it's my choice. [applause] mr. trump: but one of the things i noticed tonight, and i've known hillary for a long time, is this is the first time ever that hillary clinton is sitting down and speaking to major corporate leaders and not getting paid for it. [laughter] [applause] mr. trump: it's true. you know, last night, i called hillary a nasty woman.
but this stuff is all relative. after listening to hillary rattle on and on and on, i don't think so badly of rosie o'donnell anymore. [laughter] mr. trump: in fact, i am actually starting to like rosie a lot. [laughter] [applause] mr. trump: these events gave not only the candidates chance to be with each other in a very social setting, it also allows the candidates the opportunity to meet the other candidate's team. a good team. i know hillary met my campaign manager, and i got a chance to meet the people who are working so hard to get her elected.
there they are, the heads of nbc -- [laughter] mr. trump: cnn, cbs, abc. there is "the new york times" right over there, and "the washington post." they are working overtime. [laughter] [applause] mr. trump: this one is going to get me in trouble. not with hillary. you know, the president told me to stop whining, but i really have to say, the media is even more biased this year than ever before. you want the proof? michelle obama gives a speech, and everyone loves it. it's fantastic. they think she is absolutely great. my wife, melania, gives the exact same speech.
[laughter] [applause] mr. trump: and people get on her case. and i don't get it. i don't know why. [applause] mr. trump: and it was not her fault. stand up, melania. she took a lot of abuse. [cheers and applause] mr. trump: oh, i'm in trouble when i go home tonight. she did not know about that one. am i ok? is that ok?
cardinal, please speak to her. [laughter] mr. trump: i'd like to address an important religious matter, the issue of going to confession. or, as hillary calls it, the fourth of july weekend with fbi director comey. [laughter]
mr. trump: i am told hillary went to confession before tonight's event, but the priest was having a hard time when he asked her about her sins and she said she could not remember 39 times. [laughter] mr. trump: hillary is so corrupt, she got kicked off the watergate commission. [boos] mr. trump: how corrupt the you have to be to get kicked off the watergate commission? pretty corrupt. hillary is and has been in politics since the 1970's. what is her pitch? the economy is busted, the government is corrupt, washington is failing. vote for me. i have been working on these problems for 30 years.
i can fix it, she says. i was not really sure if hillary was going to be here tonight, because, i guess, you did not send her an invitation by e-mail, or maybe you did and she just found out about it through the wonder of wikileaks. we have learned so much from wikileaks. for example, hillary clinton believes it is vital to deceive the people by having one public policy -- [boos] mr. trump: and it is only different policy in private. that's ok. i don't know who they are angry at, hillary, you or i. here she is tonight in public, pretending not to hate catholics. [boos] mr. trump: now, if some of you
have not noticed, hillary is not laughing as much as the rest of us. that's because she knows the jokes. all of the jokes were given to her in advance of the dinner by donna brazile -- [boos] mr. trump: everyone knows, of course, hillary has believed that it takes a village, which only makes sense, after all, in places like haiti, where she has taken a number of them. [boos] >> [indiscernible] mr. trump: thank you. i won't go this evening without saying something nice about my opponent. hillary has been in washington a long time. she knows a lot about how government works. and according to her sworn
testimony, hillary has forgotten more things than most of us will ever, ever know, that i can tell you. [boos] [applause] mr. trump: we are having some fun here tonight, and that's good. on a personal note, what an amazing honor it is to be with all of you. i want to congratulate hillary on getting the nomination, and over the next 19 days, someone will be chosen. we will see what happens. but i have great memories of coming to this dinner with my father over the years when i was a young man. great experience for me. this was always a special experience for him and me to be together. one thing we can all agree on is the need to support the great work that comes out of the dinner. millions of dollars have been raised to support disadvantaged children.
and i applaud the many people who have worked to make this wonderful event a critical lifeline for children in need. [applause] mr. trump: and that we together broke the all-time record tonight is really something special. more than $6 million. the cardinal told me that is net, net. we can also agree on the need to stand up to anti-catholic bias, to defend religious liberty, and to create a culture that celebrates life. america is in many ways divided. [applause] mr. trump: thank you. america is in many ways divided like it has never been before. and the great religious leaders here tonight give us all an example that we can follow. we are living in a time and age that we never thought possible before.
the vicious barbarism we read about in history books, but never thought we would see it in our so-called modern day world. who would have thought we would be witnessing what we are witnessing today? we have got to be very strong, very, very smart, and we've got to come together not only as a nation, but as a world community. thank you very much. god bless you, and god bless america. thank you. [applause] al: as ronald reagan would say, "there you go again." [laughter] al: thank you very much, donald. we are honored by your presence. this dinner is a fundraiser for
the needy children of the archdiocese. i am pleased to announce that tonight we have raised $6 million. [applause] al: let me put that in perspective for you. that would pay for nearly five minutes of our next speaker's speech. [laughter] al: hillary is a democratic nominee for president. but it was not exactly a smooth ride for her. she endured a tough primary challenge from that young centrist upstart bernie sanders. [laughter] al: she endured questions about her health. madam secretary, i can't believe all these people said it was not presidential to catch pneumonia. just look at william henry harrison.
[laughter] al: and she said that she later had to take back. for example, hillary really did not mean it when she called half of donald supporters a basket of deplorables. to be fair, donald did not really mean it when he said he would release his tax returns, either. [laughter] al: the secretary's career in public service has been admirable. she has devoted her life to public service in arkansas, washington, and new york. she has been a tireless advocate for children, and her being here tonight is an example of that. ladies and gentlemen, please welcome secretary hillary rodham clinton. [cheers and applause] ms. clinton: thank you. thank you. [applause]
ms. clinton: thank you. your eminence, your excellencies, members of the clergy, al and dan smith, donald and melania, and all the distinguished guests. earlier tonight, al reminded me that when the first al smith ran for president he chose the progressive senator from arkansas, joseph g robinson, who is one of my husband's political heroes. this work that you do through the dinner, al, you have done it now for 30 years, is such a labor of love.
you have been a hero for both the children of the archdiocese and for the city of new york, and i think we all owe al smith a great round of applause. [applause] ms. clinton: this is such a special event that i took a break from my rigorous nap scheduled to be here. [laughter] ms. clinton: and as you have already heard, it is a treat for all of you too, because usually i charge a lot for speeches like this. [laughter] ms. clinton: but for me, it was kind of ironic thinking about a fiery populist, al smith. if he were here today and saw how much money we had raised, he would be very proud. [applause]
ms. clinton: and if he saw this magnificent room full of plutocrats celebrating his legacy, he would be very confused. [laughter] ms. clinton: it is a special honor to be here with your eminence. i know you were criticized for inviting both donald and me here tonight. you responded by saying, if i only sat down with those who are saints, i would be taking all my meals alone. now, just to be clear, i think the cardinal is saying i'm not eligible for sainthood. but getting through these three debates with donald has to count as a miracle. [laughter] [applause] ms. clinton: so, i guess i am up against the highest, hardest stained-glass ceiling.
but, your eminence, you do deserve great credit for bringing together two people who have been at each other's throats, mortal enemies, bitter foes. i've got to ask, how did you get the governor and mayor here together tonight? [cheers and applause] ms. clinton: i've got to say, there are a lot of friendly faces in this room, people i have been privileged to know and work with. i just want to put you all in a basket of adorables. ms. clinton: and you look so good in your tuxes, or as i refer to them, formal pantsuits. and because this is a friendly dinner for such a great cause, donald, if at any time you don't
like what i'm saying, feel free to stand up and shout "wrong" while i'm talking. [laughter] ms. clinton: come to think of it, it is amazing i am a peer after donald. i did not think he would be ok with a peaceful transition of power. [cheers and applause] ms. clinton: and, donald, after listening to your speech, i will also enjoy listening to mike pence deny that you ever gave it. [laughter] ms. clinton: i have had the privilege of being at the al smith dinners in years past, and i always enjoy it. but remember, if you are not happy with the way it comes out, it must be rigged. and it's always a special treat for me to be back in new york, a city which i love and i think truly embodies the best of america.
don't you think? [cheers and applause] ms. clinton: people look at the statue of liberty and see a proud symbol of our history as a nation of immigrants, a beacon of hope for people around the world. donald looks at the statue of liberty and sees a 4. [laughter] [groans] ms. clinton: maybe a 5 if she loses the torch and tablet and changes her hair. [laughter] ms. clinton: come to think of it, you know what would be a good number for a woman? 45. [cheers and applause] ms. clinton: but i digress. i will try my best tonight, but i understand i am not known for my sense of humor. that's why it did take a village to write these jokes. [laughter]
ms. clinton: people say, and i hear them, they say i'm boring compared to donald, but i'm not boring at all. in fact, i am the life of every party i attend, and i have been to three. [laughter] ms. clinton: and when the parties get out of hand, as occasionally they do, it is important to have a responsible chaperone who can get everyone home safely, and that is why i picked tim kaine to be my vice president. [laughter] ms. clinton: you notice there is no teleprompter here tonight, which is probably smart, because maybe you saw donald dismantle his own. i get that. they are hard to keep up with. and i am sure it is even harder when you are translating from the original russian. [laughter] [boos] [applause] ms. clinton: but every year, this dinner brings together a
collection of sensible, committed, mainstream republicans, or as we now like to call them, hillary supporters. [laughter] [applause] ms. clinton: now, some of my critics -- and i hear that, too -- >> [inaudible] ms. clinton: yeah. they think i only say what people want to hear. tonight that is true. and here's exactly what you want to hear. this election will be over very, very soon. [cheers and applause] ms. clinton: and look at this dais. we've got charlie rose and maria bartiromo and chris matthews and gayle king and katie couric. this counts as a press conference, right? [laughter] ms. clinton: it is great also to see mayor bloomberg here. [applause]
ms. clinton: it is a shame he is not speaking tonight. i am curious to hear what a billionaire has to say. [laughter] [boos] ms. clinton: and look at the dais. we got the honorable chuck schumer, the honorable andrew cuomo, the honorable bill de blasio, the honorable dave dickens, and so many other wonderful officials. and we have rudy giuliani. [laughter] ms. clinton: many don't know this, but rudy actually got his start as a prosecutor going after wealthy new yorkers who avoided paying taxes. but as the saying goes, if you can't beat them, go on fox news and call him a genius. [laughter]
ms. clinton: so as i said, we have now had our third and thankfully, final debate. sharing the stage with donald trump is like, well, nothing really comes to mind. [laughter] ms. clinton: there is nothing like sharing a stage with donald trump. donald wanted me drug tested before last night's debate. [laughter] ms. clinton: and look, i've got to tell you, i am so flattered that donald thought i used some sort of performance enhancer. [laughter] ms. clinton: now actually, i did. it's called preparation. [cheers and applause] ms. clinton: looking back, i had to listen to donald for three full debates, and he says i don't have any stamina. that is four and a half hours. i have now stood next to donald trump longer than any of his campaign managers.
[laughter] ms. clinton: look, i have deep respect for people like kellyanne conway. she is working day and night for donald, and because she is a contractor, he is probably not even going to pay her. [laughter] [boos] ms. clinton: but i think the good news is that debates finally allowed republicans to unite around a candidate. the bad news is it is mike pence. and it has been a long, long campaign. that should be one of our highest priorities, shortening the campaign. [applause] ms. clinton: and whoever wins this election, the outcome will be historic. we will either have the first female president or the first president to started a twitter war with cher. and if donald does win, it will be awkward at the annual presidents' day photo when all
the former presidents gather at the white house, and not just with bill. how is barack going to get past the muslim ban? [laughter] [groans] ms. clinton: republicans in particular seemed frustrated with their nominee. house, "yo't have to support the top of the ticket, do not worry about anyone beside yourself just do , what's in your best interest." so i guess donald really has unified his party around his core philosophy. i don't understand their unhappiness. they say donald does not have any policies. he has no policies i keep , hearing that. i would like to defend him on this. donald has issues, serious issues. really, really serious issues. and i worry about donald's going alone attitude. for example, at his convention when he said, "i alone can fix
it." in the 1990's, i said the same about america's health care system, and it did not work out so well for me either. speaking of health, donald has been very concerned about mine. very concerned. he actually sent me a car to bring me here tonight. actually, it was a hearse. [laughter] ms. clinton: but i kind of just want to put the information out there so everybody can draw their own conclusions and you can judge our relative health. we have each released our medical records. my blood pressure is 100/70. his is unbelievably great. [laughter] ms. clinton: my cholesterol is 189. his is "presidential." my heart rate is 72 beats per minute. his is "the most beats ever for the least beats ever, whichever sounds best." but donald really is as healthy as a horse, you know, the one